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FE&SFlashNews — 2004-10-18 — News

October 18, 2004

USDA Founds Food Safety Institute

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has founded the Food Safety Institute of the Americas (FSIA), based in Miami. The institute’s goal is to develop and promote effective food safety education and training programs throughout the Americas.

The institute is the first of its kind and seeks to provide a cooperative, education-based relationship with all nations in the Western Hemisphere. FSIA will address food safety and public health concerns by establishing and enhancing important networks among regulatory officials, researchers, public health officers, consumers, meat, poultry and egg processors and producers, as well as animal producers.

The grand-opening activities began with a ceremonial signing of cooperative agreements between USDA, the University of Florida and Miami-Dade College, designed to reflect a commitment between the parties to carry out educational or special studies programs to improve the safety and security of the food supply in the Americas. The University of Florida and Miami-Dade College are the first institutions to partner with FSIA in this endeavor.

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